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ACTS

PASSED BY THE

One Hundred and Thirty-first

Legislature.

CHAPTER I.

A Supplement to an act entitled "An act relating to

courts having criminal jursdiction, and regulating proceedings in criminal cases (Revision of 1898)," approved June fourteenth, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight.

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inflict

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. In inflicting the punishment of death by hanging, Underan Under-sheriff, duly appointed and qualified, shall shit dhe aty have the same power and authority as the Sheriff by penalty. whom he was appointed; but before such punishment shall be so inflicted by an Under-sheriff, an order of the Court of Oyer and Terminer to that effect shall be first obtained.

2. This act shall take effect immediately. BLOOMFIELD H. MINCH,

President of the Senate. EDGAR E. LETHBRIDGE,

Speaker of the House of Assembly. Approved January 22, 1907.

E. C. STOKES,

Governor.

CHAPTER 2.

An Act to repeal an act entitled "An act to provide for

the summary investigation of county and municipal expenditures,” approved February eighteenth, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine, and the supplement thereto approved March fifteenth, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one.

Acts repealed.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. The act entitled “An act to provide for the suminary investigation of county and municipal expenditures," approved February eighteenth, one thousand eight hundred and seventy-nine, and the supplement thereto approved March fifteenth, one thousand eight hundred and eighty-one, are hereby repealed; provided, that this act shall not operate to affect any proceeding instituted under the provisions of the acts repealed which are now pending before the Supreme Court or the Court of Errors and Appeals.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.
Approved January 29, 1907.

Proviso.

CHAPTER 3.

An Act to provide for the summary investigation of

county and municipal expenditures.

Application for investigation of county or municipal expendi. turcs.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. If twenty-five freeholders in any incorporated village, borough, town or city, or in any township or county in this State, shall present to any justice of the

tion may be

Supreme Court an affidavit sworn to and subscribed by themselves, and setting forth that they are freeholders and have paid taxes on real estate within one year, and that they have cause to believe that the moneys of such incorporated village, borough, town or city, or of such township or county, are being, or have been, unlawfully or corruptly expended, said justice may, in his discretion, after ten days' notice to the disbursing officer and the legislative body of such village, borough, town, city, township or county to be heard, make a summary in- . Investigavestigation into the affairs of such corporation, and at summary or his discretion he may appoint experts to prosecute such by experts. investigation and may cause the results thereof to be published in such manner as he may deem proper. It shall be the duty of the officers and the legislative body of any such corporation to obey any orders of such justice for facilitating such investigation, and any refusal or failure to obey such orders may be punished by such justice as for contempt. The costs incurred Expenses. under this act shall be taxed by said justice and upon his order by the disbursing officer of the corporation whose expenditures may have been investigated.

2. The said justice may, if he deem it advisable, Bond may require the applicants to furnish a bond to be filed with from applithe county clerk in such sum as he may deem necessary for the payment of the costs and expenditures of such investigation.

3. This act shall take effect immediately. Passed February 6, 1907.

be required

cants.

CHAPTER 4.

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An Act to validate and confirm any election heretofore

or hereafter held in any city for the acceptance of any
act authorized to be submitted at such election, as well
as any election held for the adoption of a proposition
under any such act, and to validate and confirm all
bonds, contracts or other obligations issued, author-
ized or made under any such act or pursuant to any
such proposition.

result of elections

on special

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly

of the State of New Jersey: Validating

1. Whenever heretofore or hereafter an election has

been called and held in any city of this State at which held in cities the question of the acceptance or adoption of any act of propositions. the Legislature of this State has been submitted to the

qualified electors of such city, the provisions of which
act by its terms do not take effect or become operative
in any city until such act has been accepted or assented
to by the affirmative vote of the majority of the qual-
ified voters of such city voting at such election; or when-
ever heretofore, under authority of any such act, an elec-
tion has been called and held for the adoption of a prop-
osition authorized to be submitted thereunder, and a
majority of votes cast on the acceptance of said act or
adoption of any such proposition has been in favor of
the acceptance of such act or adoption of said proposi-
tion, said election and the acceptance of such act and
adoption of such proposition is hereby validated and
legalized, notwithstanding any defect, omission or ir-
regularity in the manner of the passage, approval or
publication of the ordinance, resolution or other pro-
ceeding calling any such election, or in the publication
of the notice of said election, or in the conduct of such
election, or the canvass or filing of the result thereof.

All bonds, contracts or obligations issued, authorized, Obligations

legalized. made or entered into under the authority of the provisions of the act so accepted or adopted, or of any such election held or proposition adopted thereunder, are hereby validated and legalized.

2. This act shall take effect immediately. Approved February 19, 1907.

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CHAPTER 5.

An Act to enable cities to erect a fire-house upon city

lands, equip the same and issue bonds in payment therefor.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. Whenever any city has purchased lands for the City may purpose of erecting a fire-house thereon, it shall be law- issue bonds ful for the governing body or other body in control of equipment. the finances of such city to issue bonds for the purpose of erecting a fire-house upon such land and of equipping the same with horses, fire engines and other necessaries for fire purposes, to the amount of not niore than twenty Amount. thousand dollars.

2. Said bonds shall be issued after due advertisement Rate and and sold at public sale to the highest bidder therefor; shall run for a period of not less than ten nor more than

a thirty years from date of issue; shall bear interest at a rate of not more than five per cent. and shall pledge the faith, credit and property of such city for the payment thereof, with interest.

3. The proceeds of said bonds shall be used exclu- Use of sively by the governing board or body in charge of the finances of said city exclusively, for the purpose of erecting said fire-house and of fully equipping the same for fire purposes as aforesaid; the said bonds shall be re

time.

proceeds.

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